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You cross the river too many times; I think 14 times one way. it is hard not to get your feet wet even if you wear waterproof boots as the water is ankle deep and there are no rocks to step on.

trail running
24 days ago

The Beaver Dam loops on Falls Lake are convenient and quiet, but not very interesting. I ran the West Loop (red) to the South Loop (blue). It was 10 miles in total. It was all single track and easy to follow, but it's crammed into a small parcel of land so it doubles back and around a lot, including up and down the steep hill at the edge of the lake over and over. After a while you feel like you're on a treadmill and it's kind of disorienting and boring. But it is a legitimate trail run.

hiking
25 days ago

Well maintained trail that does not have too much elevation gain. On the hike up, you will be treated to a good view of Stone Mountain. Towards the end to Wolf Rock, the trail evens out. The views from Wolf Rock are great especially in Autumn. On the hike back down, venture on to Cedar Rock Trail for a great view of Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock and the Blue Ridge Mountains before you come to to the Hutchinson homestead at the base of Stone Mountain.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this one after I completed the Stone Mtn Loop. Nice view of the Blue Ridge at the top...maybe the best view in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail along with the Black Jack Ridge, Cedar Rock, & Stone Mountain Loop trails to make an 8.6 mile loop. This trail is also one of the less traveled which is a nice break away from the people pollution that tend to frequent the Stone Mountain Loop Trail.

Close, quiet and beautiful scenery.

Trail is washed out/flooded at 1.5 miles in from the gravel parking lot. Not very scenic and no view -can’t get to Falls Lake because of the high water. Quiet and no traffic tho - perfect if you want to get out and off the high trafficked trails

mountain biking
3 months ago

Easy trail with a few technical spots. Much more level than the other shorter trails.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an excellent trail. My girlfriend and I, along with our two pups had a GREAT experience on this one. we hiked in and set up camp in the primitive sites provided (without a permit) we weren't aware that a permit was required so definitely look into, I know we will next time. The other reviews are spot on, tons of creek crossings, beautiful views and only one other group camping. definitely recommended if you are in the area!

hiking
3 months ago

This was one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever done. The growth is so lush and green and Basin Creek provides so main beautiful scenes. It's funny, the cabin is almost anticlimactic after the hike :-)

Beautiful once you reach the bald! The actual trail didn't award any real views but once you get to the overlook it makes up for it.

Great trail on a perfect day. The wildlife and birding following the water is fantastic. Took about 3.5-4 hours to complete, we packed lunch and stopped for a picnic en route. I took my parents along and they had no problem with the trail at all and said they will be back to do it again!

This has become one of mine and my girlfriend’s favorite trails at Stone Mountain.. I don’t believe it’s 2.2 miles as stated to Wolf Rock, it’s a fairly easy trail that leads to spectacular views.. We spent many hours there in a hammock enjoying the rewards from this trail..

walking
4 months ago

My family and I were looking for a challenging trail to hike with a great view. This trail did not disappoint. My two kids 6 & 7 did great. Beautiful overlook at the top. Great trail

hiking
4 months ago

Didn't see anyone for the time I was there. It had just finished raining made the start of cedar rock a little slick

hiking
5 months ago

Good starting trail a bit of an uphill walk to begin with then flattens out till you get to wolf rock with beautiful views

on Basin Creek Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Not a summer hike!! I started at the Cedar Ridge trailhead around the primitive camp sites. I could tell that it had been weeks, maybe months since anyone had hiked it. Sooooo many spider webs and overgrowth.

Did this hike with a couple buddies a few weeks back. We backpacked into the primitive camping area (about 2 miles) in the morning and set up camp. It’s not too “primitive” in my opinion, there are I think 6 sites with metal fire rings with attached grates for grilling, metal hooks to hang lanterns from and even food storage (bear) boxes for each site. We day hiked the rest of the trail up to the cabin and back after lunch and dipped our feet in at the waterfall. Pretty much the whole trail is shaded which was nice in the heat. Too many creek crossings to count, but we had no issues getting across with dry feet. It was really fantastic, the ruins are cool and I will definitely be returning. I might even try to do one of the loops that I saw on the map out there for a longer hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy and fun, nice for a casual walk.

This is a very nice part of Falls lake. The trail has a few good spots for bank fishing if you are able to take your rod. I caught a couple white bass not too far from the trail entrance at Ravensridge road. I was not able to complete the trail all the way to Falls Dam but I will go again soon.

great trail for all skill levels!

Had such a great day out on this hike! Beautiful from start to finish. Wore the wrong shoes however, water proof hiking Sandals would probably have been best over my, now soaked, hiking boots. But a great day regardless.

hiking
7 months ago

Very enjoyable hike.

This is labeled Outer loop at the trailhead. You can access several other trails here also. Well maintained. This is a bike trail so have to watch for bikes. We only had one group come by us though. There was a fee to enter park $7 per car.

I wouldn’t consider this moderate… It is a great trail lots of trees, flora and fauna. Do consider this a very nice trail close to home well worth the day

hiking
8 months ago

I’ve hiked thousands of trails, across the US and Caribbean, and this is one of my top five favorite trails I’ve ever done. Highly recommend, especially if you have dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

Wife and I hiked this past weekend. Very enjoyable hike, once you submit to the notion your feet are going to get wet as you cross the streams. It is March so the creek levels are high. The addition of seeing the history of the 1916 flood was an added element to the hike. I would rate the trail moderate to strenuous, as of right now it needs some maintenance due to some downed trees. Two questions I have for hikers who are very familiar with the trail. I would like to know where the "perfect chimney," is located and the Caudill family cemetery.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail..it followed the creek most of the way except for the fire road area. It had beautiful waterfall views and 16 creek crossings one way which ends up to be 32. For an out and back trail it was great..alot of down trees to climb over but still fun. The cabin at the end is well worth the obstacles.

hiking
9 months ago

I drove three hours to explore this state park and this was hands down my favorite trail. I got there around 11am and I was literally the only person at the top. The view was stunning and a great place to eat my lunch and relax. Coming down I did run into about 30 people making their way up so the earlier you can get there the better.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Not very long or hard. I believe there was one good steep hill to climb. Once I got to Wolf Rock the views were beautiful. You can walk out on the rock and hang out for a while. Made a loop out of the trail by hiking down Cedar Rock.

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